Television Commercials (1950s-1960s)
- Publication date
- ca. 1950s - 1960s
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
From the Taylor Hardwick collection.
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
- ca. 1950s - 1960s
- Run time
Subject: Much thanks
Subject: Never serve a dull, soggy ickle to Granny!
Subject: Very Nice
Subject: The T-Bones!
Subject: Public domain - but what about the trademarks
these commercials are categorized as being public domain...
I'd like to use them for a film project -
but what about the trademark rights?? (Marlboro etc.)
Can anybody comment on this?
Provide a helpful link?
Subject: Retor Commercials
Subject: Lustre Creme Shampoo Commercials: The Movie Star Collection
Subject: geat collection!!
Subject: Superb collection.
Subject: YUP, THAT'S MY CORNY MOM!
A final funny note: Mom was about 5'11" and she claimed that the actor playing the farmer had to stand on a platform to be taller than her in the commercial.
Subject: Different Day
Subject: No man around!
Subject: Charming collection of commercials!
Subject: Montgomery Clift for Alka Seltzer
Subject: what a memory trip!
Subject: Love the Chaparral
Subject: facts of life
Subject: Now fun to watch
I was looking for the ad that dramatized a headache with an animated hammer pounding an anvil and 2 other cartoons like that. Haven't found it yet, though.
Subject: ItÃÂÃÂs like taking a trip to Arizona!
Subject: Frees, not Welles
Subject: Dropping A Couple Other Names
Subject: Great opening
The collection is well worth the download for this ad alone. Some of the other ads are also entertaining, particularly the one for Heinz pickles.
Subject: I love this!
Subject: Some real classics
Subject: No Matter What Shape...
Subject: What they said...
I remember these Noxzema ads and, vividly, their "striptease" jingle. I can't imagine anyone shaving so recklessly -- he'd better not have a blade in that razor! I agree about Charlotte Rae (definitely) and Gene Wilder (also definitely), and I believe Herschel Bernardi is narrating the VW spot.
Besides Wilder, the "blahs" ad is notable for two things: one, the notion that mild depression can be treated with an antacid/analgesic (as someone noted previously), and two, like a magician it reveals the trick while using it on the audience ("You know, we wouldn't have invented a disease unless we had something to take for it").
Subject: definitely worth a look!
Subject: Interesting finds...
However, the most interesting thing by FAR is the final commercial, one for oil heating. It's average, but an astute observer will notice the exhibitionistic housewife is almost certainly played by none other than Charlotte Rae who played Mrs. Garrett on the Facts of Life in the early 80's! I'm about 99% convinced it's her albeit much younger with dark, short hair. Familiar people can pop up in some odd places...
Subject: Good stuff
The Marlboro man is featured in one spot, in what has to be one of the last TV tobacco comercials. "Send your sinus to Arizona" advises the Dristan commercial, and makes me really think that I can. The jingle on the Country Corn Flakes was a little much after the first twenty seconds. The B-I-N-G-O commercial for the television code is priceless. I wonder what the ever vigilant Television code folks who were so busy protecting kids from the "visions of bad men" would say to the primetime television programs we have today? Before Coke became the "real thing", the Coca-Cola company advised us that "things go better with Coke after Coke after Coke". The baseball players, cowboys, and racecar drivers prove it by living life to it's fullest right before your eyes. I liked the cool 60's gentleman sittling in the middle of the runway waiting for his Colt 45 Malt Liquor to be airdropped to his table. Meanwhile at the Volkswagen plant, 7000 people are making sure that Volkswagens are being put together properly. The Volkswagen commercial had a very "German" feel to it, what with all of the inspectors lined up dressed identically. The Alka-Seltzer commercial gave me the creeps. What do you do when your animated head comes off? Take Alka-Seltzer...Cures the "Blah's" everytime. Heinz Pickles are the answer for pickle lovers who hate soggy pickles. I'm sure the oil heat commercial featuring the exhibitionist-like housewife got the attention of the teenage boys who saw it.
I wonder how some of these made it to the screen, but for the most part, these are really good stuff.
Subject: Fun collection of ads
Some highlights (not the full list):
- an adorable ad for "New Country Corn Flakes!" with a great jingle
- an Alka Seltzer all about people's varying tummy sizes and shapes
- two Luster Creme shampoo commercials
- and ad all about that particular station adhering to the television code's seal of good practice in selecting its programming and commercials, to the scenes of a little boy singing "B-I-N-G-O"
- an incredibly sexist ad from Goodyear tire. A woman alone on the highway at night gets a flat: "This flat tire needs a man.." She runs alone in the night to a gas station's phone booth, looking scared. "But, when there's no man around...Goodyear should be!"
- a Coca Cola ad showing how it helps a TWA flight attendant--sorry, back then it was stewardess--get through her busy day, which "requires a lot of charm"
- two Colt 45 beer ads
- a Volkswagon Beetle ad!
- an ad about "the print explosion in art today" being used as patterns for women's fashions (those 60's patterned dresses, a la Pucci)--this ad is repeated twice, once in black and white and once in color
- two slightly bizarre Bactine face cleanser ads, both employing the most blatant use of sex appeal to sell facial cleanser I've ever seen
- several Marlboro men (cowboys) enjoying cigarettes "where the flavor is" in Marlboro Country
- an unitentionally suggestive Heinz pickle ad featuring a little old lady
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